DAVID DEJANOVICH BOUND OVER FOR TRIALUNDER STATE'S SEXUALLY VIOLENT PERSON STATUTE
DAVID DEJANOVICH BOUND OVER FOR TRIAL UNDER STATE'S SEXUALLY VIOLENT PERSON STATUTE
MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that Dodge County Circuit Court Judge Steven G. Bauer, after presiding over an evidentiary hearing on September 18, 2014, found probable cause that David E. Dejanovich, 41, is a sexually violent person. The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a petition under the state’s sexual predator law against Dejanovich on August 21, 2014.
Chapter 980 of the Wisconsin Statutes relates to the control, care, and treatment of sexually violent persons. Under Wisconsin law, a person may be subject to a civil commitment when the person has been convicted of a sexually violent offense, has a mental disorder, and is dangerous to others because the mental disorder makes it likely he or she will commit further acts of sexual violence. A civil commitment is defined in Wisconsin law as commitment to the custody and care of the Department of Health Services for control, care, and treatment until the person is no longer considered sexually violent.
According to the DOJ petition, Dejanovich was convicted of one count of Second Degree Sexual Assault of a Child and one count of Felony Bail Jumping in Dodge County. On April 27, 1994, Dejanovich received seven years confinement in the Wisconsin State Prison System, imposed and stayed, and seven years probation. Dejanovich’s probation was later revoked and he was ordered to serve seven years in the Wisconsin State Prison System. Dejanovich was released from the Department of Corrections on August 24, 2014, and is now detained at the Dodge County Jail on federal charges.
The state’s petition alleges that Dejanovich suffers from a mental condition that predisposes him to engage in acts of sexual violence. The petition also alleges that Dejanovich is dangerous as his mental disorder makes it likely that he will engage in future acts of sexual violence. A petition is only an allegation and a finding of probable cause only allows the state’s case to move forward. Dejanovich is legally presumed not to be a sexually violent person unless and until the state proves him to be a sexually violent person at a trial.
Assistant Attorney General Devra Ayala represents the state in this case.